Enon Cancer Patient Gives Thanks For Community’s Help and Support
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PUBLICATION: Enon Eagle
DATE PUBLISHED: 1/2/13
AUTHOR: Anna Godby
Few places have the strength, generosity and feeling of community as the Village of Enon. Local gospel singer Bill Hill knows firsthand just how kind and giving his fellow Enonites can be.
Last year, Hill was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer called multiple myeloma. After repeatedly seeing television commercials for the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Hill knew he had to go there for treatment.
The Enon community quickly rallied around Hill and his wife Elaine. Hill said that he and his wife are incredibly grateful for the caring hearts and generosity of everyone who helped them through such a difficult time.
Hill said that Brian Pester of Pester Plumbing immediately gave a donation to the Hills when he learned about the diagnosis. Hill said he is also incredibly grateful for New Covenant Baptist Church, who supported the Hills with love offerings, prayers and cards.
“We received more cards in those seven months than we’d received in our whole lifetime,” Elaine Hill said.
The couple received so many cards from churches, organizations and residents that the Hawthorne Hotel, in Wadsworth, Ill. where they stayed while Bill was being treated, had to create a special place for all of his mail.
“Cards help you stay positive,” Bill Hill said.
Staying positive is a large part of the treatment received at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Zion, Ill. The Hills said that the sense of peace and community in that hospital is unlike anything they’d ever seen before.
“I’d never had a hug from a doctor before,” Bill Hill said. “It’s like going out of Kansas into Oz. We call it the ‘magic kingdom under God’ because they’ve helped so many people. They do lose some, but they are at least able to extend their life.”
The care given by Dr. Abutalib and Dr. Redei was extraordinary. The Hills were also given peace and a positive perspective by Pastor Toi from the Virgin Islands. She helped make sure that the Hills thought positively and didn’t allow negative thoughts to enter their minds.
When he thanked Dr. Abutalib for saving his life, Bill Hill said the doctor told him, “No I didn’t, God did.”
“[Dr. Abutalib] uses what God gave him,” Elaine Hill said.
Even the driver of the shuttle who transports people from the hotel to the hospital, Robert, kept everyone in good spirits and prays for patients. “He’s our angel on Earth,” Elaine Hill said.
While in Zion, Ill., Bill Hill had the chance to pass out CDs of his gospel singing. His voice has now been heard all over the world, from Chile to Africa, the Bahamas to Bermuda. It was a small way of helping lift the spirits of his fellow patients and their caregivers, and the Hills said that Cancer Treatment Centers of America is like a close-knit community. The Hills are incredibly grateful for everyone who helped them during Bill Hill’s treatment and recovery.
“There’s no way we can mention every name,” Bill Hill said. “Thousands of people have prayed for us all over the world.”
The Hills would like to express their gratitude to everyone who helped in any way, including the local businesses that put donation boxes up: Dr. Thomas, Dr. Calvo from Kettering Memorial Hospital and pharmacists at Rite Aid, Brad Miller and Sue Rosselit. “We thank the community for coming together and helping with prayers and money to help get us through this,” Elaine Hill said.
While Bill Hill has been in remission since October 2012, the Hills say that he still takes a chemotherapy maintenance drug every day, has blood drawn weekly and sent to Zion, Ill. and returns to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America each month. “We ask for continued prayers, because just because you’re in remission doesn’t mean it won’t come back,” Bill Hill said. He and his wife feel blessed by the community and are grateful that they are able to spend another holiday season together. “He had it rough in the beginning,” Elaine Hill said. “But he made it.”